Ora B. Smith

February 25, 1926 - January 2, 2019
Ora B. Smith

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Ora B. Smith passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.  She was born on February 25, 1926, in Glen Ayre (Mitchell County), NC to the late Robert Chester and Nola Buchanan Burleson. Ora was a graduate of Western Carolina Teacher’s College (Western Carolina University). She taught fourth grade for 38 years at Saluda School in Polk County and in Henderson County at Fletcher Elementary School. Ora, also known as Jo, resided in Hendersonville for the past 57 years where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Judith Parham (Roger); and granddaughter, Elizabeth Parham (Alex, fiancé).  Also surviving are her nieces, Camille O’Neill (Tim), Carol Buchanan, Jo Ann Ayers (Wayne); her nephews, Leland Smith, Eric Smith, and Jim Buchanan (Gail); and a close family friend, Gwen Garren. Ora was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Clyde J. Smith; and siblings Ruth Buchanan, Helen Hobson, Charles Burleson, Ned Burleson, Bob Burleson, and Birdie Buchanan.

Ora was devoted to her faith, education, children, and animals. She loved family, neighbors, reading, crossword puzzles, and the mountains of Mitchell County.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Shuler Funeral Home, 125 Orr’s Camp Road, Hendersonville, NC, 28792. The visitation will be one hour preceding the service, also at Shuler Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Shepherd Memorial Park, 5045 Asheville Hwy., Hendersonville, NC 28792 with Reverend Christy Sharp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice Care, 221 N. Main St. Hendersonville, NC 28792, www.FourSeasonsCFLFoundation.org, or the First United Methodist Church of Hendersonville, NC, 204 6th Ave W, Hendersonville, NC 28739, www.fumchvlnc.org.


Sunday, January 6, 2019
2:00 PM

Shuler Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792


Sunday, January 6, 2019
3:00 PM

Shepherd Memorial Park - Directions
5045 Asheville Highway
Hendersonville, NC 28791


Sunday, January 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Shuler Funeral Home Chapel - Directions
125 Orr's Camp Rd.
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • January 04, 2019
    Linda Larimore says:
    Liz and family, I'm so sorry to hear of the your grandmothers passing. My love and prayers are with you and your family.

  • January 04, 2019
    David McNamara says:
    Liz, so very sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences and prayers for healing to you and your family.

  • January 04, 2019
    Alton Connor says:
    Judy ~ My heart goes out to you and your family in the passing of your Mom. I know you feel a relief that her suffering is over, but you will also miss her greatly. Please know I send my love, prayers and deepest sympathy to you all at this difficult time. Alton

  • January 05, 2019
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  • January 12, 2019
    Camie McMinn Robles says:
    When asked the security question What is your favorite teacher it is one I can always remember it's Mrs. Smith. I think of her often especially when I get to the end of a chapter of a book I am reading and it is so good I cannot stop I think of Mrs Smith. She would read to us every day after lunch my favorite was The Secret Garden she would read us one chapter a day and we would beg for just a little more some days when everyone would behave and do their work she would surprise us with another chapter. When she finished a book I would hurry to the library to check it out so I could read it all the way through. She passed her love of books to me and it makes me happy that she was still reading, I will always wonder if her one chapter rule was intended to make us love books and if it was it worked. I thank her family for sharing her with all her students and I am so sorry for your loss.